BLVD Treatment Centers Philosophy
The BLVD philosophy emphasizes mindfulness, meditation, trauma work, giving back, creative self expression, community, and the importance of laying solid groundwork for a soulful and sustainable recovery. The approach to addiction is tri-fold, offering treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. Through comprehensive outpatient services for alcohol and drug addiction, BLVD helps clients change their negative self perceptions and beliefs. Treatment is based on AA’s 12-Steps of recovery, and is administered in conjunction with group and individual therapy sessions.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Lauren Costine, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Among her extensive list of accomplishments, Lauren Costine is a clinical psychologist, author, educator, advocate, activist, and one of BLVD’s founding members. Her work focuses on addiction and codependency issues, co-occurring disorders, depth psychology, psychodynamic and family systems modalities, and LGBTQ-affirmative psychotherapy. Previous to her work at BLVD, Lauren acted as the Family Counselor at a local substance abuse recovery center for over five years. Lauren is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters of Psychology program at Antioch University.
Alexia Rigos, LMFT
Volunteering and then interning at various schools, Alexia’s work would take her into addiction counseling. For the next three years she worked at a treatment center specializing in treating clients with addiction, HIV, and co-occurring disorders. She also volunteered regularly at a Hollywood non-profit organization where she and her brother would serve food to inner city underprivileged youth while providing them a safe place to gather and socialize. Now, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Alexia believes that it was the love and support of her own family that drove her passion to want to help others in need.
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ABOUT BLVD TREATMENT CENTERS
With facilities in West Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Diego, Portland, and Orange County, BLVD Treatment Centers is a growing organization focused on providing intensive outpatient (IOP) and residential treatment for young adults. Located near the beach in a stylish hotel-like building, the West Los Angeles location offers an array of specialized therapy tracks in its IOP and supportive housing, including ones for LGBT individuals, clients age 35 and older, and professionals. Medically monitored detox services are available at BLVD's Hollywood and Riverside County locations.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at this facility begins with an initial assessment phone call, and some clients are admitted within 24 hours. Intensive outpatient programming includes biopsychosocial assessment and dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is provided. Upon admission to a BLVD treatment center, clients can choose between a traditional 12-step approach to recovery along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous, a SMART Recovery track, and an approach that incorporates concepts from Buddhism.
All programs utilize trauma-informed treatment, including individual and group counseling, art therapy, social interaction, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug testing, and education addressing such topics as nutrition, relationships, and emotion regulation. Family involvement is limited and determined for each individual's treatment plan.
BLVD also offers an aftercare program for alumni of the IOP, which encourages continued sober living services and regular individual therapy sessions if desired.
The BLVD treatment team includes a licensed clinical psychologist, master's level therapists, and case managers, according to information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility. Some employees are in personal recovery and at least one teaches at a local university.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
While the agency's website reports that the Riverside County detox center has six beds in private and semi-private rooms, no details regarding the West Los Angeles facility's capacity are provided. However, housing for IOP clients is represented as hip, playful, and comfortable. Clients are allowed use of their cellphones and electronic devices. Amenities include gourmet meals and fresh smoothies, beautiful outdoor lounging spaces, and opportunities to participate in yoga, equine therapy, drum circles, and acupuncture.
Facility staff members are available to assist clients with travel arrangements.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date indicated that BLVD is a stylish and effective facility for holistic addiction treatment. The facility's affordability, cleanliness and upkeep, treatment effectiveness, and counseling options all received perfect five-star ratings from all three former clients.
One reviewer rated meals just three stars, and another indicated that treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders was dissatisfying. With these exceptions, all other ratings for the facility's elements, including the staff's level of training and experience and opportunities for family participation, were four or five stars.
Four additional alumni submitted reviews to Rehabs.com; all but one were highly favorable. Two of the seven alumni highlighted the importance of mindfulness in BLVD's approach. Three complimented the staff and the stylish environment. The sole critical reviewer wrote that the program was not genuine.
Alumni opinions were more polarized in 14 Yelp reviews. The majority gave five-star ratings, while a few awarded just one star out of five. Repeated criticism focused on insufficient staffing. Positive alumni praised the caring and respectful staff.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com was overwhelmingly positive. The reviewer awarded five stars for every metric measured, including staff experience and holistic offerings.
Four Yelp reviews were submitted by family members, three positive and one negative. All positive reviewers agreed that the treatment was effective, while opinions about the staff were mixed. One agreed with alumni who reported concerns about under-staffing but characterized the counselors as attentive and supportive. One relative disagreed about the program's value, writing, "I did not see anything productive happening here."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two employees surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the facility positive feedback and high ratings for the same aspects alumni praised, including treatment effectiveness, accommodations, and a variety of counseling approaches.
BLVD accepts private insurance PPO coverage and payment plans can be arranged for private pay. Some financial assistance is available.
Published on August 2017
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